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Europe's 2016 Mars Mission Enters Final Construction Phase

• space.com
 

European Space Agency officials signed the last construction contract for the 2016 ExoMars mission today (June 17), a deal between ESA and the Mars orbiter's prime contractor Thales Alenia Space. The ExoMars orbiter mission aims to send a methane-sniffing orbiter and a landing demonstrator to the Red Planet.

"The award of this contract provides continuity to the work of the industrial team members of Thales Alenia Space on this complex mission, and will ensure that it remains on track for launch in January 2016," Alvaro Giménez, ESA's director of science and robotic exploration, said in a statement.

 

 

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